Training: Week 3 Recap

Hello hello to everyone out there on this Sunday evening!

I’ve got mixed emotions being able to finally post a training update after being M.I.A on these for several weeks now. Seeing as I missed a TGIF post a few days ago, this is the perfect opportunity to share something I learned through today’s training.

Let me start off by saying this may not be what you expect. Typically, whenever I post training updates, I tend to be positive regardless of the circumstances. “Despite dealing with such and such, I’m proud of the effort I gave today.” Y’all know the drill with me 😂. Today was different. For the first time in a while, I felt incredibly discouraged. I did something I hadn’t done in a while, which was stopping my run short of my distance goal. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but it was to me. I may slow my pace down whenever I feel the need to, but I NEVER stop running until I cross the finish. It doesn’t matter how slow I go, I never stop to walk. I always see myself through till the end. It’s the kind of mentality I have that’s led me to complete so many runs. If I feel the need to stop and call it quits, I feel like a failure and that’s exactly how I felt today.

Looking at my times for what I did run, they were great. I don’t want to take anything away from that. I felt fantastic for those miles. For once, my upper body felt just as strong as my lower body. Normally, if I have any issues with pain, it’s present around my ribs or shoulders. Perhaps, it’s my breathing and overall heart rate that’s got me wanting to pull teeth during a run. However, I generally don’t have to worry about my lower body. It’s as sound as a v8 engine firing on all cylinders. This time, this wasn’t the case. My goal for today was to run 8 miles. I had to stop short of that goal because of my left quad. I couldn’t handle the pain I felt after passing the 4-mile mark. What I thought was healing well turns out to still be hurting me. I’m not going to lie; I feel frustrated, upset, disappointed, and lost. I’ve been dealing with this injury for several weeks now. Every time I feel like I’m making progress, every time I feel ready to go back out and resume physical activity, I end up feeling like I’m back to square one. I’m hurt, not only physically but mentally too. Why is it that I can’t shake this off? Why won’t my body heal? These are the questions that keep circling around my head. Fortunately, I finally get to see the specialists at Airrosti who’ll (hopefully) help me gain my confidence back.

As I went home, following the completion of this run, I changed clothes and got ready to attend a leadership seminar for work. I attend these frequently for my own personal development and tend to learn something very important from each one; something that resonates well with whatever I’m dealing with at the time. I mentioned to you earlier about how I felt like a failure. No one wants to fail at anything. No one enjoys the feeling of being a failure. I certainly don’t. I’m always afraid of failure, I tend to do whatever it takes to avoid it. But, as I listened to these speakers present their case for what makes a great leader, I listened to one talk about failure. He echoed the same thoughts I had about the topic. No one enjoys the hurt failure causes. However, if he had the choice to go back and undo every decision he’d made that ultimately failed in the end, he wouldn’t change a thing. That’s because he learned something from this. Failure builds character. When you don’t reach your goal or desired outcome, you have an incredible opportunity to figure out what led to the results. You have the chance, to see for yourself, the amazing potential you have to achieve something that felt impossible after falling short the first time. In these moments, you define who you are. I’ve said it in the past, it’s not about the events that happen but about how you respond to them. Failure builds your character.

Someone listened to me today (whether it was God, a genie, the mailman, a ghost). Whoever it was felt my pain and my frustration and knew I needed to hear what I heard during the seminar today. I may feel weak, discouraged, and lost but I won’t be defeated. I’m a fighter. I see this as a difficult challenge but not one that I’ll shy away from. I may need way more time to recover than I thought I needed, but that’s okay. The journey I’m on isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. There’s so much time for me to prepare for that special day and I need not rush and make things worse for myself. I’m taking this as a sign that I need to look deep within myself and see who I am and how I’ll improve based off of my experience today. This is where I build my character.

I strongly felt the need to share the honest truth with how things are going because I wanted to prove a point. In this modern era, where social media wants us to portray this fake reality of being positive 24/7, we often hide how we feel behind the scenes. No lie, I’ve been guilty of it. It’s because we’re all afraid to be seen as failures amongst our peers. I’m here to tell you it’s okay to feel disappointed. It’s okay to feel like you let yourself down. It’s okay to fail. We’re all human and I want to show you that. I’d rather be authentic and real over feeding into something that just isn’t true. Was today a great day? No. But I know there are better days to come. I just need to keep my head up, stay focused, and work to get better. I’m down, but I’m not out.

I appreciate your time tonight and I hope something from my message today made an impact on you (whether small or big). I’ll be back again soon to post more updates on my recovery. As always, feel free to leave a comment. I love interacting with new people! Until then, enjoy your upcoming week and stay safe out there!

-Matt

TGIF: Finding Inspiration

Hey guys,

Hope y’all have had a great week! I’m sure some of you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your significant others. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time together. For me, it’s been a pretty boring day, other than my usual night of league bowling. Proud to say that my valentine for the past 25 years has been my mom 😂.

So for this week, I thought I’d talk about my inspiration. Whenever I start a journey, I think about many things. What are my goals? What’s my plan? What are my timelines? What resources will I need? However, the most important question I ask myself is…why? Why am I doing this? What’s my inspiration?

For several years, my inspiration has been drawn from tragedy. It was around this time, the year 2016. I was watching a family friend’s house for the week. It was a Friday morning, around 9:00am. I was waking up to a phone call from my dad. I joked with him, wondering why he thought I’d be up this early. The silence that followed after I said that was deafening. My dad would normally have no trouble playing along. Nine times out of ten, he’d say something funny and sarcastic right back at me. This call was different. I heard him trying his hardest to contain his emotions. It’s worthy to note that my dad is far from an emotional man, especially when he talks to his kids. He was trying to find the right words to tell me, knowing damn well it wasn’t going to help regardless. It was at that moment, he simply stated, “we lost Jessie this morning.” I couldn’t believe it, I had to hear it from him in person. My only response was to tell him, “I’m on my way.” I hung up the phone, drove to my parent’s place, and ran inside to find my father leaning over the kitchen sink in tears. We couldn’t say anything. My mom came over to me soon after to embrace me. My older brother and sister weren’t far behind. We were all a mess. We had just lost my oldest sister, their oldest daughter, a mother to my two nieces, and a wife to a heartbroken man. All of this was unexpected, she was 38 when she passed.

I took a lot of time to really find myself after this took place. I never thought that losing someone so close to me so soon could ever happen to me. I took the time she had on this earth for granted. I was completely lost, searching desperately for answers to the millions of questions I had in my head. One question that kept popping into my head was how I’d live the rest of my life in remembrance of her? What could I do to honor her day after day? That’s where running came into play.

At this point, I was far from athletic. I was in the worst shape of my life. You’d be lucky to see me run down the block, let alone a mile. One day, while I was at my old job, I received an email from some of my bosses. It was about our partnership with a local marathon race that was coming up, the Air Force Marathon (Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k). Because of our partnership, we had free entries into the race for those that were interested. It was almost as if my prayers were answered. I hesitated at first to commit to it, given the physical limitations I had from being so out of shape. However, I didn’t let it steer me away from what I felt was right in my heart. I’d run my first 5k race in honor of her. And so I did. It wasn’t pretty, I had to stop several times during he run, and I ran across the finish line trying to contain vomit in my mouth. My time was horrible compared to what I’m able to run now, but that wasn’t the point. It was from my experience dealing with the grief and loss of family that I became inspired to start something new. The picture you see in this article is her gravesite in Olivesburg, OH. I laid my shirt and finisher medal right by her side as my way of showing her gratitude for the presence she had over me during these challenges. 25 races later, things still haven’t changed. She continues to push me through every moment of every race, especially when I want to give up.

Death is certainly a part of life. We all know that, and yet when it happens, it completely shocks us. I’ve never seen a person truly prepared to handle losing someone close to them. I guess, to be honest, it shouldn’t matter how one looks at this type of situation. Going back to what I’ve said in past posts, it’s all on how you respond to it. In this case, I didn’t want to carry on her legacy negatively. I told myself that I’d live out the rest of my life showing everyone the type of person she is, through my actions. Now, as I’m 8 months away from running my first marathon, I think about her more than ever. A lot has changed from four years ago. My health is as good as it’s ever been, my job has been nothing short of being awesome, and I have some of the most genuine and caring friends and family to support me in everything I do. One thing that hasn’t changed is the inspiration behind it all. When I cross the finish line come October, I’ll look up to the sky with tears rolling down my face and say, “I did it sis.”

In loving memory of Jessica Nemeth Schroeder, 1977-2016.

-Matt

P.S-Quick Injury/Diet Updates:

Injury is close to being all healed up. I feel confident enough, after completing three OTF workouts this week, to resume my trail runs starting this Sunday. Might have to start with 8 miles but I’ll be sure to post my stats from that run. Braces will help support the weak areas around my quad/knee. I’m just excited to get back into the swing of things after taking time off. My diet has been going very well! I’m almost two weeks into this vegetarian diet. I really struggled to contain my urge to break the diet at day 5 but I got through it and have been feeling great since. I’m noticing a difference in my energy all around with work and workouts since I started. I’ve been able to find great alternatives to meat that have stuck with me well. If I’ve been able to stay away from the endless amounts of chicken that are in front of me at work, I’m beyond confident I can keep this going. Here’s a cheer in hopes that I can keep this good progress going.

TGIF: Dieting (And an Injury Update)

Greetings fellow brothers and sisters,

It’s another late Friday night here in cold and snowy Dayton, OH. I wanted to hop on here and update y’all on my recovery progress. I also wanted to talk about some recent changes I’ve made and my advice to those seeking to make the same kinds of changes.

First, let’s talk about the left quad. I’ve done everything that I could this past week to give my injury time to heal. I canceled all of my OTF workouts and instead used the time to do some foam rolling exercises to help rehabilitate the quad. I learned a few things while doing this. For one, I realized how big my ass is, as I recorded myself doing the exercises to ensure I had the proper form while conducting them 😂. Then, I realized how much of an impact foam rolling has on various muscles on the body. As I worked through different areas, I felt a lot of pain. At the same time, I felt relief. It’s as if the pain in my muscles were big balls of dough, needing to be flattened and stretched. The foam roller has been my lifesaver this week and because of it, I feel confident that my recovery will be quicker than expected. I’m able to create a lot more movement with my left leg. If anything, the quad still feels a little stiff, but pain free which is a good sign. I’m expecting to stick with my scheduled workouts at OTF next week in hopes that, if all goes well with those, I’ll be able to return to training next Sunday. Let’s cross fingers and hope for the best!

Now, I’ll dive into the changes I talked about earlier. After taking some time to research the benefits of sustaining this type of diet, I decided on Tuesday that I would begin the process of becoming a vegetarian. I’ve made this change with the ultimate goal of becoming vegan within the next two to three years. There are a lot of benefits to enjoy from sustaining this diet, such as having a lower risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It’ll also help myself stay conscious with the foods I eat to ensure I’m treating my body like a temple. I know it’s going to be a rough transition to go through. I can already feel my body wanting to give in and break my minimal progress thus far. However, I remind myself that I went through the same type of change last year. At this point in 2019, I decided to stop making excuses for why I felt the way I did on a daily basis and start taking action. One of the first things that I adjusted was my diet. To be fair, I didn’t take on a monstrous diet such as this one. However, I looked into the bad foods I ate the most of and cut them out little by little. I developed a game plan to attack this head on without punishing my body too quickly and too drastically. It’s important to understand that your body needs time to adjust to any changes you make (whether it’s your diet or exercise routines). Was I perfect? Absolutely not. Did I give up when I cheated? No. Did I accomplish what I set out to accomplish by making this type of change? I sure did 😁.

So what does this mean for you? What type of advice should I give to you if you’re looking to make a change in your health routines? It’s simple. You can take the same type of approach that I take anytime I think about accomplishing a milestone (see one of my earlier blog posts about that topic if you want more info on that). It’s all about what you invest in making these changes happen. Remember that all good things take time. It’s important to understand the challenges of your journey and what it’s going to take to reach the end point. Are you going to feel like death after a few days of starting a diet? Yes (I feel it right now not having had chicken when I’m used to eating chicken at the chicken place that I work at five days a week 😭). Should you put yourself down when you make a mistake and cave in? No. What matters more than anything is how you respond and recover from these moments (Do you brush it off, move forward and do your best to stick with the diet? Or do you call it quits and waste your time and energy for nothing?). Are you alone? Absolutely not. Remember that you’ll always have someone to support you in your endeavor of living a healthier lifestyle. There will be people who don’t understand the changes you’re making for yourself and perhaps they’ll judge you harshly for it. It’s okay for them to not understand. All that matters is that you feel confident in what you’re doing and that you’re doing this for you, not for them. They can judge you all they want. In the end, it’s you that’ll come out on top, reaping the rewards of your hard work and commitment.

I’m excited to see where this diet will take me. I believe it’ll not only benefit my health in the long run, but it’ll also positively affect my marathon performance in October. I’m sure y’all will hear my progress with this along with my injury progress within the next couple of weeks. Be sure to stay tuned for that. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions (including vegetarian recipes or foods that any of you vegetarians recommend for me to try), please feel free to reach out to me! Thank y’all for your time once again. Stay warm out there.

-Matt

TGIF: Dealing with Injuries

I’m back y’all!

I’m sorry for the lack of anything on here. The past couple of weeks have been a little hectic between work and workouts. I wish I could talk about my recent workouts and my progress with training; however, I pushed too hard during one workout a couple of weeks ago and it’s left me pretty limited in what I can do. I haven’t been able to get out on the trails and do my thing. It’s been frustrating for sure and I haven’t really talked about it publicly (at least until today).

First, let’s talk about the injury. I visited an Airrosti center in Kettering, OH (near the Dayton area). My gym referred me there and recommended I get evaluated. For those that know me well, I’m very stubborn when it comes to seeing any kind of doctor. I like to act as if I’ll be fine recovering on my own. Why spend the unnecessary money to hear what I could research and do on my own? Unpopular (and incorrect) opinion: I can do better for myself than a person who put themselves through years and years of medical school. I thought that going here would be a waste of time. Of course I was pleasantly surprised by everything I went through today. The staff members here were INCREDIBLY nice. The doctor that evaluated me was very knowledgeable. He was able to pinpoint my problem area (which ended up being my hip flexor) that caused a left quad strain. I’m truly amazed at how the different parts of a human body truly interact with one another. The appointment didn’t take long and we came up with a treatment plan that should get me back in the swing of things within the next two weeks. Everything went smooth and I felt confident about moving forward from here.

While I’m glad I don’t have a long road of recovery, I definitely wish I had treaded with caution (had to put a pun in here 😂). The worst feeling for me is knowing that mentally, I can try as hard as I want to when I’m exercising, but in this case, my body isn’t able to perform up to its capabilities. I always want to push, and push, and push some more. I’ll admit it stems from everything I’ve been able to accomplish physically over the past year of transforming myself. I’ll tell myself, “if I’m able to finish a half marathon, surely I can overcome any challenge.” Unfortunately, it’s been made very clear that this isn’t necessarily true. Realizing this will often put me in a brief depression until I look at things from another perspective.

I still have plenty of limitations to push through. With the right mentality and drive, I could blow past these limitations. Look at Kobe Bryant (Rest in Peace Black Mamba). His kind of mentality is one I strive to reach. But he didn’t have the kind of career he had overnight. He was incredibly intelligent. He knew that it took a lot of work to reach your destination. He constantly trained his body (day in and day out) to continue peaking at the levels he was competing at. The approach Kobe had to his training was smart and gradual.

Through these frustrations, I’m learning to listen to my body more. It’s understanding of where I want to go, but it is also attempting to keep me mindful that the journey takes time. My highest priority should be allowing the time for my body to regain its strength. This doesn’t mean I need to be a hermit crab and be completely dormant, away from all activity. It’s actually really simple, I just need to tread lightly 😁.

My hope is that I can resume my marathon training by mid-February. Hopefully by then, I’ll have more progress and recovery updates. Until then, I’ll find some more things I can discuss with you. Have a great weekend!

-Matt

TGIF: Setting and Accomplishing Milestones

Hey y’all!

Back again on a late Friday night to start something new. Hopefully, I’ll be able to consistently do this and eventually incorporate videos into this. Every Friday, I’d like to pick a topic to talk about in relation to my journey. This week, it’s all about milestones.

This topic instantly came to mind as today I accomplished a big milestone. I ran a 6 minute, 14 second timed mile at my gym (shout-out to Orangetheory Fitness in Beavercreek). It was one of the best times recorded for the day and a personal record by far. I ran as hard as I possibly could for the entire run. Coaches and other fellow members were well aware of my goals. All eyes were on me. Would I falter? Am I strong enough mentally to endure the aggressive pace? Could I beat my goal?

Truth be told, I was going for a 6 minute mile. I knew I was in over my head after 4 minutes of feeling like someone stood behind me with a blowtorch setting me on fire. I had to slow it down a little bit if I wanted to get anywhere near it. However, I picked it back up towards the end and finished strong. Hearing the cheers from everyone really made me feel I accomplished something big. A lot of runners are easily judged for their one mile times. It felt great knowing that I put up a great time. The wonderful thing about accomplishing your first milestone (in whatever area you’re focused on) is that setting your next milestone becomes easier. You’ve now set a standard to try to follow and beat. In this case, with how close I was to reaching my goal, I can realistically reset my mile milestone to attempt it within 6 minutes, knowing that with the proper preparation, I can do it.

Perhaps for some of you, you’re having difficulty creating a milestone for yourself. Where do you start? What is realistic for you? How are you going to reach it? Here’s my advice for you if this sounds about right:

1. Where do you start? Find something that’s been a challenge for you. For example, as a beginning runner, I found it challenging to stay within a 10 minute pace. I would always start out lightning fast, but had no control over my breathing or heart rate. I’d go from running in the Olympics to running for the nearest nursing home. By noticing something that I consistently struggled with, I knew where I could start.

2. What is realistic for you? Your first step started with finding a challenge, which could be as easy as running the fastest marathon known to mankind. As challenging as that is, will it be something that you could realistically conquer? If your name is Eliud Kipchoge, the answer is yes. For the rest of us, perhaps not. Start small. Find something that’s challenging enough to make it worth accomplishing. Reaching a milestone isn’t worth it if you could go out and beat it today. Your goal should be obtainable. Make a journey out of it. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

3. How are you going to reach it? To put it simply, preparation is key. Create a plan. Do some research utilizing whatever resources are available to you (Internet, Newspapers, Experts, Neighbor, Dog if you really need it). Come up with a timeline (how long would you like to take to accomplish it?). And last, but certainly not least, find your support system. Your support will not only be there for you to cheer you on and celebrate at the finish, they’ll also help hold you accountable and pick you up when things get tough. Having an awesome support system makes accomplishing anything ten times easier.

So what milestones are you setting for yourself this year? I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below. I’d love to show support to anyone wanting to set and accomplish their own personal milestones. In the end, no matter if you reach them or not, you’re proving that you’re attempting to become a better version of yourself everyday. Thank you guys for taking the time to read this! I’ll be back again soon.

-Matt

Training: Weeks 1/2 Recap

Week 1
Week 2

Every Sunday, I utilize the local Metropark’s as my method for completing long distance runs. The routes make it easy to control the distance I want to run and provides challenging elevations to improve my incline resistance.

I have 9 months to prepare for the Columbus Marathon. I’ll be relying on this weekly routine, 3-4 HIIT workouts through Orangetheory Fitness, and a few official races in between to prepare for the challenge ahead. Every week, it’ll be my goal to increase my distance and get as close to running a marathon distance as I can.

Shown above are my results from my first two weeks of training. This is the foundation from which I’ll build off, allowing me to set goals to get me where I want to go. I’m very pleased to see how things have started off, considering the many factors going into the start of training.

Before week 1, I took a 2 month hiatus from running. I limited my workouts and relaxed on my eating habits. In my mind, this was the perfect time to celebrate what I accomplished throughout the year and not worry about anything else. I was worried that my body was getting out of shape. However, my first two weeks of training match very closely to what I ended with last year.

Week 1 showed a lot of potential with opening miles that paced within 8 minutes/mile but were not sustainable for the duration of the run. Consistency was the biggest issue with this run and I felt that my breathing was all over the place. Going into the second week, my focus was to increase my distance to 10 miles and improve my consistency along the run. While I didn’t start as strong as I did last week, I improved my consistency and felt better throughout the run. My heart rate was more stable and my breathing was much more relaxed.

The weather was similar both weeks. I ran in the mid-30s with cloudy and rainy conditions. Honestly, this is what I prefer as these conditions will likely resemble what I’ll face when the time comes to run the marathon.

Next week, I’ll focus on running 12 miles instead of 10. I’ve been able to stay within 9 minutes/mile in regards to my overall pace. However, it’s been more of a struggle to do so as I add more miles (Week 1: 8:43, Week 2: 8:50). It’ll be my goal to still stay within an average pace of 9 minutes/mile.

Thanks to all for your time! Your support means the world to me. Stay tuned for more updates! Until next time.

-Matt



Introduction Pt. 2

My Purpose

Hello again my friends 🙂

Here is the second part of my intro. If you haven’t read my first post yet, be sure to check it out on my home page. I’d spent some time sharing my background, from where I was raised to the many things I like to do. For those who don’t know me well, it’s worth a read!

So, some of you may be asking what is my purpose for creating this blog? Sure, the easy answer lies within the mere title of the blog. After all, it practically spells it out for you. But for those that still may not understand it, I wanted an outlet to be able to share my journey to get to October 18th, 2020.

What am I’m talking about?

I’m talking about THE Columbus Marathon, the 41st one if you want to be specific. I’m talking about a race that’s bigger than any one person. How so? It’s not just another marathon that’s being held in a big city. It’s not just about running 26.2 miles and going home. Sure, the accomplishment of finishing a marathon is rewarding for any individual. After all, less than 1% of the United States population can say they’ve completed this daunting challenge. And yes, the Boston Marathon is the most well-known marathon out there. Why would I believe this one is bigger?

It’s the city of Columbus, my home, and my people. This marathon brings an entire capital alive and, as a runner, you FEEL it. You feel the excitement as you enter the starting corrals along with 18,000 other participants. You feel the support of tens of thousands of random strangers cheering you on along the entire course. You see all of the signs these spectators make (some that brings you laughter and others that remind you of why you’re doing this race). You feel the impact your participation makes to the thousands of children that benefit from the proceeds of the event as part of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. After running 10 long miles, reaching a point of wanting to stop and call it quits, you arrive at Angel Mile (11) and see the faces of those children lost to various illnesses. You instantly feel adrenaline flowing through your veins and, all of a sudden, you’re running your best times yet. However, it’s not for you, it’s for them.

This isn’t just another race. This is my first marathon (and quite possibly my only one). It’s the ultimate goal for anyone that considers themselves an elite runner to complete. There are thousands of marathons I could’ve chosen. But, there’s only one I dream of crossing the finish line. That line lies within the Downtown streets of Buckeye nation.

How do I know? I participated in this race last year (the half marathon). I had the privilege of experiencing the joy and satisfaction of running with an entire army of athletes that felt the same way I did. I knew after finishing the race, I wanted to take the leap to a full marathon. I know the road ahead of me is going to be long and challenging (longer than 26.2 miles). I’ll have points where I want to give up or doubt myself. However, my metal resilience, support system, and faith will carry me through those tough times. I’m not the fastest runner, nor am I the strongest. But I have the heart of a warrior, the determination of a champion, and the will to succeed and do the damn thing.

I’ve finished over 25 races in the past three years as part of an adventure I’ve embarked on to better my overall health and well-being. They’ve all led me to this point. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In this case, it begins with a stride.

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to my blog by visiting my homepage, scrolling to the bottom of it and entering your email address to receive updates on new content that I plan on posting weekly. Thanks to all of you for your time!

-Matt

Introduction Pt. 1

Who am I? 🤔

Hello and Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my new blog today! Let me start things off by introducing myself.

My name is Matthew Brink. I’m 25 years old, currently residing in the city of Dayton, OH. My hometown is Springfield, OH where I grew up with three older siblings (Chris, Beth, and Jessie). I’ve been working full-time as a Quality and Training Supervisor at Chick-fil-A since November of 2018. Prior to that, I spent six years at Panera Bread working at several locations within the area throughout that time-span, but most recently serving as the General Manager of the cafe in Springfield.

When I’m not working, I love to travel, bowl, run, watch football, and hangout with my closest friends and family. I’ll always find a way to keep myself busy. I’ll listen to just about any music that’s out there. One moment it could be alternative rock or country, then it could switch to rap or R&B 🤷‍♂️. My favorite food is Steak, I could eat it 24/7 😂. If I’m watching TV, I’m tuning into The Good Doctor, How to Get Away with Murder, The Resident, or Superstore.

I could go on and on, as if we’re participating in some sort of speed-dating event, but I’ll save some of that content for later posts. For now, I hope this give you a glance of who I am and where I’ve come from! Please be sure to hit that subscribe button below for updates on new posts. I will be posting a second part to this introduction to explain the purpose of this blog and what to expect in the near future. Stay tuned y’all 😁.

-Matt